Lime Green Vintage

still life, lime green and orange

At the moment I am immersing myself in the colour called Lime Green mixed with oranges and other autumnal colours whilst I crochet the Karoo Vintage Mystery Along.

Going with the Vintage theme for my Vase this week, there are a few elements in the picture all bought in the 1970s:

A Timothy Whites vacuum flask, still going strong. Who remembers Timothy Whites? A High Street chemist shop taken over by Boots in 1968,  the trading name stopped being used in 1985. The cup that went on the top has been lost but the flask still keeps water hot for a good long time. It sits by my kettle to house excess boiled water to be used for washing up etc.

The green floral table cloth (more lime green in reality) is a huge 2.5m diameter circle of Laura Ashley fabric bought as a Second from the Laura Ashley shop in Bath on a lovely pre-children shopping trip with friends. It has been brought out to cover trestle tables at many a family event over the last 40 years or more.

The bright green cloth with turquoise stitching trim was bought from Habitat in about 1978.

The bright orange metal jug with white flowers was made in (former) Yugoslavia and given to me by my Mum who found it on a market stall.

In the jug is a plant which I like the look of because of its bright pink bits – but I guess it is a weed. Do you know its name? Can it be used for anything?

From my garden:

A pot of lemon balm sits waiting to be made into a lovely refreshing tea.

The figs have been plentiful and glorious this year.

I’m delighted to have found a salad crop that does not get eaten by the sparrows – pea shoots! Thank you to Postcard From Gibraltar for inspiring me to try these – they are yummy!

I am growing them in a waist high Veg Trug outside my front door (Zone 1 in Permaculture)Veg trug, waist high gardening

My daughter thinks the new shoots look as if they are waving and dancingpea shoots

here they are having a party!

pea shoots

Apples are plentiful but all blighted by the wretched codling moth.

Pears are looking good this year.pear

Joining in with Cathy and In a Vase on Monday.

Happy Gardening!

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40 responses to “Lime Green Vintage

  1. Also liked your suggestion of growing pea shoots…yours are high enough for the slugs not to reach too!

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    • Oh my goodness Noelle, they are such a success. They taste delicious, no sign of slug, snail, sparrow or pigeon attack and now they are growing vigorously I can give them to family and friends. Win Win squared! ❤

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  2. Loved your montage of things and your stories about them. I loved your story about thermos flasks, and like you we use ours a lot. We have a red one which must be over 30 years old…and a larger one too. I kept scrolling up to look at the things you were talking about. As you know I like green…and wait to see a picture in a week or two…lime green for ever.

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  3. I don’t remember Timothy white but I love the look of your vintage table display, such colours.

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  4. I remember Timothy Whites vividly as I had a Saturday job there in our local store when I was a teenager. I was and still am rather clumsy and was on the crockery counter so work was always quite nerve wracking. Kris has suggested chenopodium album but I think that the leaves in your vase belong to chenopodium giganteum or tree spinach which is edible.

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    • Oh wow! Great memory of working in Timothy Whites – thanks for sharing – mademe smile to think of you amongst the crockery.
      I think you might be right about the Tree Spinach – I’m going to try cooking it – I tried to eat the raw leaves but they are a bit hairy, so not very palatable.
      Thank so much – it self-seeded in my garden – a very welcome visitor!

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  5. This was a fun post – I enjoyed slipping down memory lane with you. I think the plant with pink bits in the orange jug is what’s called lamb’s quarters in the US. It doesn’t grow in my own area (Southern California), at least not to my knowledge, but I saw it on a garden tour in Austin, Texas and snapped its photo because I too found it pretty. It’s considered a weed there. It’s Latin name is Chenopodium album.

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow

    Love the colours of your little display! In contrast our apples are good this year but the pears are thick with scab again.

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  7. I remember ‘Timothy Whites’. Haven’t heard that name in a long time! And my apples seem to have been affected by the codling moth even though I grease banded the tree in good time. 😦 Really interesting selection of things.

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  8. Thanks for the link to the Karoo Vintage Mystery. It was interesting to see how different colors really change the feel of the finished piece. Your still life is wonderful and even more so because of the memories of the items included.

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  9. Laurie Graves

    Yes, lovely vignette, and I so enjoyed hearing the stories of the items. And figs! And pears! Sorry about the apples.

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  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    Wonderful vignette. I love autumn colors anytime. The lime green appears cooling. I don’t know what your plant is but the tea looks inviting. Happy IAVOM.

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  11. I do love that shade of green Sandra, it’s so reminiscent of spring isn’t it. That’s a lovely collection of ‘antiques’ 🙂 They must be rolling ever closer to that designation now. Yikes!! I have no clue what your plant is, but it looks pretty.

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  12. Wonderful colours. Bring on Autumn I say, this summer malarky just makes me drowsy!

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